Toronto has become the backdrop to a macabre set of artistic installations: women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer with a vision.
Only someone capable of understanding the killer’s creative desire will be able to stop the murders and D I Eleanor Raven is uniquely qualified. Driven by a complex personality she pursues only the facts, only the things she can see, but never casts a judgement.
But she also has a dark and dangerous secret – one that will threaten her very survival.
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In the unrelenting heat of the Toronto summer, a fire at a landfill site uncovers the remains of a local prostitute. But the post-mortem reveals disturbing details – the body has been preserved and is not who or what it seems.
DI Eleanor Raven is back on duty six months after barely surviving being kidnapped and tortured by a depraved serial killer. Work is her sanctuary but she’s carrying deep scars – mental as well as physical. Where do you go when the place you feel safest is also the place where you are most at risk?
It looks as though a killer in the city is making a gruseome human collection. And Eleanor’s fight to save the last victim of the Collector is also a battle to save herself.
Winter is settling on Toronto and a series of seemingly unconnected murders are weighing heavily on DI Eleanor Raven. When an army veteran holds his family hostage, leaving chaos and an unidentifiable skeletal human hand in his wake, Raven is left tangled in a web of leads, lies and secrets, with each thread leading her closer to the all too terrifying truth.
But with time running out, Raven needs to re-connect with her past life – the one she thought she’d finally escaped from – if she’s to find out who the killer is before they strike again . . .
Karen Long is a Midlander by birth and a Shropshire Lass by residence. Having studied English Literature and Drama at Bangor University, she taught both subjects at Secondary level for fifteen years taking up full time writing ten years ago. She has written numerous screenplays and articles but dedicates her time to writing crime fiction and observing nature.
She is fortunate to be able to travel globally, which is a great source of inspiration and pleasure. Toronto became the backdrop to the Eleanor Raven series of thrillers after Karen spent several months there.
A passionate conservationist and lover of the crow family in particular, she has rehabilitated and adopted ravens, crows, magpies and rooks, many of whom have become integrated into her family, much to the distress of household furnishings.
She loves to run and can regularly be seen thundering through the countryside, whatever the weather.
Her first novel, ‘The Safe Word’ was on the Amazon top bestseller’s list and has now been followed up by second and third books in the series, ‘The Vault’ and ‘The Cold Room’.